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  • I’m humbled to make another appearance on Guest Blog Wednesday. I can’t fathom what in the world Scott was thinking when he thought to have me return for a third time, though. When I think about the giants of photography who have shared their knowledge as Guest Bloggers, the pressure of trying to articulate something that will be worthwhile overwhelms me. I’ve gone to the well twice now and I’d like to think that I did so without completely embarrassing myself. Maybe I should have quit while I was ahead, but here I am, this time writing about golf photography and how I shoot the sport.


    The quiet before the storm at the Augusta National clubhouse

    Golf photography is really no different than any other type of sports photography, or really photography in general. Each genre or sport has its ins & outs, nuances and idiosyncrasies that aren’t necessarily difficult to grasp, but it sure helps if you’re aware of them before you head out to shoot. Here are some preliminary thoughts, followed by a more detailed discussion on equipment, positioning and the types of shots I look for when I shoot the sport of golf.


    Walking to the 18th green with Peter Hanson

    One thing I have discovered is that golf is one of the most physically demanding sports to shoot, at least the way I go about shooting events and tournaments. I’m sure you’re sitting there, scratching your head when you read that since golf is not typically thought of as a physically demanding sport. But when I shoot a PGA golf event, it’s almost always as a Tournament Photographer or for a wire service. Therefore, my job is either: 1) to follow an assigned group for most of a round, occasionally catching up with or dropping back to follow other groups on the course; or 2) to photograph players in contention and the “name” players. That means I don’t hunker down in one place and photograph the golfers as they come through that spot on the course. My photo obligations require that I do a lot of walking (and running).

    Consider that most any PGA golf course is approximately 5 miles in length. Add to that going from greens to tee boxes, constantly moving from one side of the fairway to the other to get into position, etc., and it is not unusual for me to log in some 6 to 7 miles on any given day…with approximately 40 pounds of camera gear attached to my body in some fashion or another.


    Jim Furyk tees off on #18 at Augusta National

    I also make it a priority to capture images from unconventional vantage points. This requires a lot of extra climbing, squatting, sprinting, wading or other forms of physical exertion. For example, in order to capture the image above of Jim Furyk teeing off on #18 at Augusta National, 

    I saw loads of questions and comments all over the Web yesterday about Adobe's announcements. The new features part got lots of love. Adobe's new subscription-only plan for their Creative Cloud software, not so much (and that's being kind), so I thought I'd do a quick Q&A giving my take on it all. Q. Scott, should I be freaking out? A. Absolutely not. I saw a lot of nasty comments yesterday (I'm sure you did, too), but a lot of what I read was based on mis-information or was just plain wrong.  Q. Can you give me an example? A. Sure. I read a bunch of people in forums claiming that Adobe isn't going to release any bug fixes for Photoshop CS6. Actually, Adobe said just the opposite. They said they would be updating CS6 with bug fixes as necessary --- they're just not adding any new…

    I love natural light Love it! I don't talk about it a bunch here on the blog, because it seems like I'm always lighting something, but you might be surprised that I don't always walk into every situation thinking I'm going to light it. Oh, don't get me wrong, we always bring a flash or two, but in most cases I'd prefer to use natural light. Why? Three reasons: (1) It's easy (2) It's free. (Well, mostly) (3) It's fast (that's really a biggie for me) If there's available natural light I try to use it first That was the case with the shot you see above (that's a two-page spread in a wedding book I'm working on). This is up in the balcony  and there were all these beautiful old wooden theater-looking seats (great looking, but not particularly comfortable) and to the right…

    http://youtu.be/LVzcicQi00w?t=18m9s Adobe Sneak Peek of RAW Processing on Tablet Yesterday on The Grid, Scott and Matt were joined by Tom Hogarty from Adobe, who gave us a sneak peek of processing RAW photos on a tablet! Using a prototype version of a possibly upcoming app on his iPad 2, he demonstrated the ability to edit RAW photos using Lightroom-like capabilities such as Highlights, Shadows, Exposure, Contrast, and more. He also discussed cloud synchronization with the edits made on tablets back to your computer. Careful not to say anything concrete, he also mentioned that he would like to see the ability to mark picks and rejects or set other categories in the app. There were also a ton of giveaways, including copies of Lightroom, so check out the show above for more info on how to win! The Business Side of Tim Wallace Tim Wallace…

    Photographing Some of my Heroes At this past Photoshop World in Orlando, I realized that I had never fully taken advantage of the opportunities that I have there sometimes. I'm surrounded by a number of people who've been great influences on my life and career. I have lights and a camera. And, even though I'm busy, I can at least try to find the time to make something happen. So I looked at the schedule, found a small block of time where I didn't have too much going on, and set up a couple of lights in an empty room just around the corner from the staff office. You know how when you're watching someone work, you have epiphany moments where you see something that you'd never thought of before? I had always seen lights put in front of subjects, but never behind. Until…

    It's a beautiful day here in Chicago today (should hit around 80°) and I hope you're one of the nearly 600 photographers who'll be here for my "Shoot Like a Pro" tour. Looking forward to meeting everybody! Don't forget the big Sneak Peek coming from Adobe tomorrow for photographers on "The Grid" at 4:00 pm LIVE (here's the link). I've gotta get over to the Convention Center. Here's wishing you all a beautiful 80° kinda weather day!). Cheers, -Scott  

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